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, the game seems to be moving to rich mcconnell and harry reid. i think we have some sound bites from mitch mcconnell and harry reid on the senate floor. let ee cease if we can one that now. >> we had a good meeting down at the white house. we're engaged in discussions, the majority leader, the white house, and myself in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation that i can make to my conference and the majority leader can make to his conference. >> i'm going to doering i can. i'm confident senator mcconnell will do the same. but everybody -- whatever everybody comes up with is going to be imperfect. some like it. some like it less, and that's where we are. i have the confidence we're going to do the best we can. that's the message in the white house. we we're going to do the best for the country that's waitinger for us to make a decision. >> clarence, you even seen this movie, right? >> well, yeah. at least in the works on the senate side. on the house side, we still don't know about those hard core intransigents, and even if the senate does come up wit
offer was the inclusion of reforms to social security benefits. but after harry reid said he would not entertain a change in the chained cpi, republicans said they had taken that chained cpi off the table. but with pessimism running high, the vice presidents go involved in negotiations. president obama says the inaction of any deal is the result of republican resistance. >> they say their biggest priority is to deal with the deficit in the biggest way. but their only priority is making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest americans are protected. at some point, i think what's important is that they listen to the american people. >> joining me now, congressman chris von holland of maryland. good evening. it is a good sign that chained cpi is off the table. the senate will be back tomorrow at 11:00. how high is your optimism or pessimism at this moment? >> well, it was a very bad sign when senator mcconnell put this social security change on the table, as part of a small deal, that was obviously something that could have totally thrown a monkey wrench into the process. so the fact
-to-face negotiations. democrats say this is simply a ruse, mitch mcconnell trying to go around harry reid, the democratic leader here and appealing to joe biden, trying to make it look in democratic estimation as if republicans are going the last mile, but, look, we're stuck. we're nowhere at this point. there was a major setback earlier. you mentioned it, the so-called chained cpi. a lot of people tweeted me and said what the heck is that? simply a revised way of adjusting cost of living increases to social security recipients that would in effect lower the growth of those payments, lower the rate of inflation, lower the cost of living increase most times. republicans have evidently put that on the table. that was what really got these negotiations to a standstill. they emerged from their lunch, did republicans, just a few minutes ago, and it's clear it's now off the table. it's a dead letter. unclear whether that's going to help move these along in any way, shape or form. harry reid, before his closed door luncheon, said he was still cautiously optimistic. hard to see from our perspecti
. if they can't get a deal, the president has told harry reid to put the white house proposals up for an up or down vote. the details just keep on coming out. with us now are two guests. first, we are going to go rich edson. he is here with the very latest. tell us what you made of the president's comments. he was very direct. reporter: he was. d now he passes on to the senate. senate majory leader harry reid, senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. they are trying to come up with something that can pass the house and the senate. the president laid out a proposal earlier this evening. at the beginning of this meeting. $250,000 per year. that income would be shielded from tax increases, and now he wants an extension of unemployment insurance. that is something that essentially a nonstarter in a republican-controlled house. now he is leaving it up to the two leaders in the u.s. senate try to reach a compromise. something perhaps along the line of what is being negotiated between the speaker and the president a couple of weeks ago. perhaps a tax increase for amounts of more than $400,000 or $5
the final push in congress to try to avert the fiscal cliff. >> it's interesting. harry reid told us they are making progress in the talks. at this stage they don't have a deal. what you heard senator thune, republicans are saying if we give you more revenue what will you going to do with it? are you going to pay down the deficit? if you are going to use it for more government spending we don't want a part of it. senator mcconnell on the republican side seemed to get frustrated because he felt like the democrats were slow walking the th, 18 hours without a response. mcconnell made a call to a well known senator, joe biden to see if he could help. >> we're willing to work with whoever can help. no single issue remains an impossible sticking point. a sticking point appears to be a willingness and interest or frankly the courage to close the deal. >> reporter: as senate aide says it was designed to try to jumpstart the talks and consequences of getting a tax increase is a huge concern. >> gregg: what went awry in these talks? >> you heard senator thune. a fiscal cliff deal is a new way
this from sources earlier. the senate majority leader, harry reid went to the senate floor and talked about the snag. list ton what he said. >> the one thing i do want to mention is that we're not going to have any social security cuts at this stage, that doesn't seem appropriate. we're open to just discussion about entitlement reforms, but we're going to have to take it in a different direction, the present status will not work. we're willing to make concessions as part of a balanced comprehensive agreement. but will not agree to cut social security. with 36 hours left until the country goes over the cliff, i remain hopeful, but realistic about the prospect of reaching a bipartisan agreement. at some point in the negotiating progress, it becomes obvious when the other side is intentionally demanding concessions they know the other side is not willing to make. we are not there, mr. president. >> right now, talks are at a standstill, they haven't been going on all day. but as we speak, you're looking at the senate floor, it's pretty empty, republicans and democrats are going into their own m
it as discordant remarks based on the fact harry reid and mitch mcconnell were working at it and continue to do so with their top staff and the representatives as well. where are we? i have been told there's movement from both sides that is considered constructive. it's not something they are ready to bring forward. we won't get incredible details until members get briefed. when you look at what's happening inside the room things like what threshold should taxes become higher or unemployment benefits or other taxes, all the variables. they have to decide and gauge will their membership also agree. it's a really important two-step. to give you a sense of how members are preparing themselves for what may come, here is lindsey graham who was on television earlier this morning. >> exceedingly good. i think people don't want to go over the cliff. i think what have we accomplished, political victory to the president. hats off to him. he's going to get tax rate increases, maybe not at 250, but upper rate americans. we accomplished little in not become greece. this won't affect the debt situation. it will
asked democratic leader harry reid to prepare a separate bill to put on the senate floor that would increase taxes for households that earn a quarter million dollars or more, and respect -- expect republicans would block that proposal. but rather than take it back as a stopgap measure, think of it as a political move to try to shift the responsibility of failure on to republi watches the hour of reckoning. >> as the deadline approaches, our coverage of the fiscal cliff negotiations continue on television and on-line at wjla.com. >> some people in the area are still cleaning up after the high wind thursday. and, apart, a tree crashed through a house. -- in takoma park, a tree crashed through a house. in mclean, trees littered the georgetown park way. >> maryland health officials are reporting their first death related to hypothermia of the season. the health department says a 65- year-old man died in frederick county between december 18-24. pulte officials did not release any other information related to his death. >> there is a new senator and he replaces the longtime senator who di
harry reid and mitch mcconnell's offices. both the senate and house are meeting today. joins me touk at that about where things stand is darrell issa of california and done nan edwards and michigan senator debbie sab snow and jon ba wrasse o from wyoming. what's up? what is happening that you can tell us about? >> well, there's a lot of work going on right now on both sides of the aisle in the senate to come to an aagreement. to me there's take basic principle, and if everybody agrees we can go forward. that is, don't hold middle class families hostage to the debate about whether or not the wealthiest americans should get another tax cut. i would argue we can't afford it as a country, but the question is, are we going to allow middle class families to see their taxes go up while we have this debate? if we can agree we will continue tax cuts for the middle class, everything else begins to fall into place. >> wlho is working at this moment? are you involved in this? >> i've been in touch with those involved in this. there is no deal yet. i continue to hope for a bipartisan agreement to
question this. that negotiations between harry reid and mitch mcconnell suffered a major setback after republicans demanded the inclusion of a new method for calculating benefits for the package. change came from progressives to result in lower payments. part of the current negotiations on the scale down deal, they say that they gave ground on other issues, including raising the tax threshold, as well as -- that was from two hours ago. sheila jackson mentioned the change that she objects to, she and other outside democrats and house progressives in particular. don is on the democrat's line. go ahead with your comments. caller: i am an old disabled veteran. i love this country so much. i cannot understand for the life of me what our government is trying to do with the bickering and tearing each other down, tearing the country down. why in the world can these supposedly intelligent groups of men and women not get together to work out for the best interest of all concerned, all 330 billion americans, what is the best course to take? just take it. none of this squabbling. get together, fol
harry reid who says he's cautiously optimistic about reaching a deal but warns there's not much more negotiating that can be done on his end. >> i don't have a counter offer to make. perhaps the day wears on, i will ble to. i will say that i think that the republican leader has shown good faith. it's just we're apart on pretty big issues. >> that was earlier. let's get the latest now because it's changing minute-by-minute. mike emanuel kicks off our fox team coverage live from washington. harry reid said negotiations continue. where do we stand? >> senator reid seemed to be looking ahead to tomorrow's schedule. talks continue but a deal is not implement. another said there's a chance one could be reached tonight. harry reid and mitch mcconnell are the key players. he sounded frustrated after not receiving a counter-offer. a key member of the leadership team offered this update. >> offeringses and discussions between and we remain hopeful that will get a breakthrough. obviously what happened here between the two leaders in the senate had broken down because the senate democrats failed
continue. if senator mcconnell and harry reid can reach a deal in the next couple of hours, leading senate republican notes there is no guarantee it will pass both the house and the senate. >> if mcconnell can't get 60% of us to vote for this deal, it will be hard for boehner to get it through the house. i want to vote for it even though i won't like it because the country has a lot at stake. >> among the republican krengs any revenue generated by a potential deal, they would like to see it come do paying down the deficit, not new government spending. shannon? >> how confident are the "cook's essentialsal" democrats about the ability to get this done? >> reporter: congressional democrats do not sound over confident. they recognize this is a heavy lift between the top two senators in the next couple of hours. but a leading new york democrat sounded cautiously optimistic. >> there is certainly no breakthroughs yet between senator mcconnell and senator reid. but there is a real possibility of a deal. i have been a legislator for 37 years. and i have watched how these things work. they almost
are expecting to hear from republican leader mitch mcconnell, maybe even senate majority leader harry reid, as of now so far as we know there is no fiscal cliff deal, but negotiations primarily betweens those two men are going on even as we speak or between their staffs. we're hearing a new sense of optimism from some senate members who believe they might be able to pass some kind of minimalist package that would keep tax rates from going up on the majority of americans. i want to go to capitol hill and cnn's senior congressional correspondent dana bash. dana, is that the sense you get that somehow we should be optimistic about whatever it is that's going on? >> you know, as we talked about before, you definitely get a feeling or the atmosphere here is that there is progress being made but in the same breath, but, there are still thingsing to worked out. as we wait for what we generally see when the senate opens which is the pledge of allegiance, a prayer and so forth, if you see the bottom of your screen, i'm not sure if you can see it, white hair, that is harry reid, the senate majority
to the wire. we know that call has gone out. harry reid says he has reached out to the president on the phone a couple of times. republicans say there is no single issue that should break this. there is something that democrats are talking about. what we have learned is in an offer presented by republicans last night at 7:00 included within that was a request to make a change to how future increases to the payments of social security would change. not taking any money away presently but over the years to come reducing the amount of increase. that is called chain cpi. for democrats it is a nonstarter. here is majority leader harry reid. >> we're not going to have any social security cuts. at this stage that doesn't seem appropriate. i still hold out hope that we can get something done but i'm not overly optimistic but i am cautiously optimistic. >> so you hear some sense that there might be a potential for movement. i think we have to judge everything in little incremental steps. why do republicans want that? basically their focus is if they are giving on tax increases which we get the indicat
but there is still time to act. both president obama and senate majority leader harry reid claim it is an achievable plan, one that can pass both houses of congress. and republicans agree. the republican controlled house is taking the step into the right direction. the house has already passed a bill to protect all americans from burdensome tax increases. they passed legislation rick -- replaced damaging spending cuts with responsible targeted ones and to bring our nation's record debt under control. instead of working across the aisle and considering the house passed plan to protect taxpayers, senate democrats spent months going partisan -- drawing partisan lines in the sand. the president's proposal to raise taxes on the top to% of americans will might even play one-third of the annual interest owned on this massive $16 trillion debt. the president's tax hike would only fund the government for eight days. americans deserve to know what does the president propose we do for the other 357 days of the year. inaction should not be an option. the problems facing our country are big with their not necess
don't know if that was just a bit of harry reid your market -- humor or she had made a counteroffer and they did not want to make it public. that is how it has been. lots of information, lots of lawmakers trafficking. not a lot of good, solid information as these are pending. >> one story is that much mcconnell had gone to speak with vice president biden. what can you tell us? guest: the republican leader calls joe biden off the bench. it is what we had been waiting for. the senate republican leader and the vice-president have a good working relationship. we saw that in the debt ceiling debate. they swooped in at the and down the made the deal happen. -- at the end and made it happen. it was an interesting move by mitch mcconnell to call joe biden today and try to jump- start these negotiations when they locked up with the majority leader on the democratic side. i think that will be something to watch here in the coming hours. how will it play? there are many concern that maybe you will cut a bad deal. will joe biden come in to embolden the republicans or will the democrats altogeth
care of. >> right now, harry reid and mitch mcconnell are working on a so-called mini deal to prevent a tax increase for roughly 98% of american workers, extending unemployment benefits to nearly 2 million people, preventing cuts to medicare doctors. >> whenever we come up with will be in perfect. >> it comes up with president obama calls the bare minimum addressing tax cuts without doing anything to curb spending. >> we will get at best a patch and be here again in two months. congress cannot get out of its own way. >> average family would pay an extra $3,400 next year. >> the law says that every american's tax rates are going up. every american's paycheck will its mother. if that the impasse has shaken wall street, -- the impasse has shaken wall street. >> i think the likelihood is we go over the fiscal cliff. >> jim moran is wondering if partisan politics has destroyed the chance for any agreement. >> i don't think we will be up to reach a deal, no matter how small it might be. >> the american people are watching what we do. obviously, their patience is already thin. >> if senate l
to the cover of this magazine -- it has a list of losers, john boehner, harry reid, barack obama. it's a list of winners is blank. how does john boehner come out looking after what happened over the past four weeks? guest: it is hard to see anything positive. he took on the negotiants for the republicans. he failed to get his own house to come along. plan b, clancy, -- plan c, and now he is seated negotiants to harry reid. -- negotiations to harry reid. it is certainly possible that he may have trouble getting reelected as speaker. he may get 20 or so to party boats to vote against them or not vote at all. i could stop him from being reelected. host: what are the pitfalls for harry reid and mitch mcconnell? guest: mcconnell is up for reelection in 2014. if he agrees with the white house on something, particularly tax increases, it will hurt him in his election. remember rand paul -- mcconnell has less room to maneuver. for harry reid, a lot of his reputation is on the line. can he put something on the floor of the senate that some democrats will support? guest: the biggest loser is the unempl
: with that harry reid and mitch mcconnell launched a latch-dimp effort to craft a bipt plan to that stop the tax hike going into effect on new year's day. they negotiated all day saturday. saturday night there was an offer. by this morning, a clear sense of optimism and warnings that failure would be unthinkable. >> there are no breakthroughs yet, but there's a real possibility of a deal. >> if we are not able to reach an agreement, it will be dire. >> the morning's optimism turned into the afternoon's pessimism. the senate opened for business at 1:00 p.m. with the ominous prayer from the chaplain. >> look with favor on our nation and save us from self-inflicted wounds. >> reporter: soon democratic leader reed acknowledged he had not been able to make a counteroffer to republicans. >> it's just that we're apart on some pretty big issues. >> frustrated with the impasse, republican mcconnell said he called vice president biden, urging him to get involved. >> i'm concerned about the lack urgency here. i want erch to know i'm willing to get this done, but i need a dance partner. >> reporter: after a
time. votes are scheduled at 2:00 p.m. eastern. majority leader harry reid and minority leader mcconnell had set a deadline of 3:00 p.m. when they're planning to convene a caucus meetings and update members of the parties on a possible plan for taxes and spending on the new year. will bring you live coverage of the senate on c-span2 started at 1:00 eastern. in the house, the return of 2:00 p.m. you'll be considering a number of pieces of legislation. what the live coverage of the house here and c-span. next, retiring senator kent conrad reflects on his career in congress to. it is currently senate budget committee chairman and was first elected to the senate in 1986. this is about half an hour. >> senator conrad, your farewell speech was yesterday. what is that like? >> it has been great. i had the going away party the night before. a lot of my colleagues were there. then the farewell speech, in which i had a chance to reflect on my service here. but also, to challenge my colleagues to finish the job on the grand bargain to get our fiscal house in order. i laid out the specific
of house speaker john boehner and the job that he's doing. you know, senate majority leader, harry reid has got an approval rating just a little bit above that, 34% for his role in the fiscal cliff negotiations. >> let's move on to other polling information. which i agree is prety long-term. locking out to 2016 now, what is the potential impact on all of this say on who could replace the current president of the united states. what are we seeing? >> well you know, that's right. the future is very fascinating. we took a look in a poll that we released today, the cnn/orc poll that looked at republicans and democrats. we asked senators from both parties, who they support. let's take a look at the parties. here's the lineup, for the democrats it's secretary of state hillary clinton. she's far and away ahead of the pack with what, 85% of those who said they would support her. she's got a 20-point lead over the next front-runners, which is vice president joe biden. new york governor andrew cuomo, the son of mario cuomo is in third with 56%. >> a lot of that i would guess is probably just simply b
the so- called fiscal cliff. he and majority leader harry reid are working on a scaled- down agreement that focuses on avoiding a middle class tax hike. the plan is to prevent it to the full senate for a vote on sunday, then send it over to the house. house speaker john boehner was also at the capitol but left with no comment. both sides remain at odds over the democrats' insistence that the wealthy pay more in taxes. >> the president's tax hike would only fund the government for eight days. americans deserve to know, what does the president propose we do for the other 357 days of the year? >> reporter: president obama insists his plan on the table is fair. and it includes plenty of cuts to government spending. >> we just can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. >> reporter: if sunday's negotiations don't pan out, the president says he's ready to propose his own scaled-back tax bill that would block tax increases for all but the wealthy and preserve expiring unemployment benefits. >> for those of us who invest in the stock market, it's disgusting to watch them jo
, the president, harry reid and over in the senate, the real answer in this is looking big, looking bold, and coming up with something that is a compromise that everyone can be proud of. >>9 mr. messer, we have about 10 minutes left. >> how involved are newly elected lawmakers in what is going on right now? the house republicans have been holding conference calls. are you guys on those calls? do you not get anything until january 3 when you are sworn in? >> it varies. we're not on every one of those caucus conference calls. we have been briefed on many of the policy proposals. we are being kept abreast. it is not quite yet like be a member of congress. -- being a member of congress. >> obviously, the fiscal cliff discussions are centered around taxes and spending. we have a lot of other unfinished business in this congress. call me perhaps cynical and realistic, but i am sure will be planted into the 113th congress -- punted into the 113th congress. one of them is the farm bill. there is a threat that their prices could as much as double. you come from a part of indiana that is very dive
left the capitol tight-lipped but smiling. harry reid and he are working on a scaled down agreement that focuses on avoiding a middle class tax hike. the plan is to send it to the senate for a vote sunday and then to the house. john boehner had no comment. both sides remain at odds over the democrats' instance that the wealthy pay more in taxes. >> chris: it would only fund the government for 8 days. what does the president propose we do for the other 357 days? >> reporter: president obama insists his plan on the tablt is fair and it include -- table is fair and includes plenty. cuts to spending. >> we can't afford a politically self-conflicted wound to our economy. >> reporter: if the negotiations don't pan out, the president is ready to propose his own scaled back bill that would block tax increases for all but the wealthy and preserve expiring unemployment benefits. with the deficit ticking higher, patience is wearing thin. >> for those of us that invest in the stock market, it's disgusting to watch them jockey around with our money. we're affected every day. >> reporter: missing
down, the president has asked democratic leader harry reid to prepare a separate bill to put on the senate floor. that bill would increase taxes for households that earn 250- thousand dollars or more. now that's a democratic proposal, and you can expect republicans would block it. so rather than thinking of that as a stop-gap measure, think of it as a political move to try to shift the responsibility of failure onto republicans just before the nation reaches the hour of reckoning. jessica yellin >> a connecticut lawyer wants to sue the state over the sandy hook elementary school shooting. irving pinsky says the state failed to provide a safe setting. he's pursuing 100-million dollars in damages on behalf of an unidentified 6- year-old girl who survived the massacre. pinsky says the girl heard gunfire, screaming, and conversations over the intercom and was left with emotional scars. 26 people, including 20 children, were killed at the newtown school two weeks ago when 20-year-old adam lanza entered the building and opened fire. >>> former president george h.w. bush's health co
? >> reporter: he and harry reid are working on a deal that avoids a middle-class tax hike. the plan is to present it to the full senate for a vote sunday, then sent over to the house. house speaker john boehner was also at the capitol but left with no comment. both sides remain at odds over the democrats' insistence that the rich pay more taxes. obama insists his plan on the table is fair and includes plenty of cuts to government spending. >> we just can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. >> reporter: if sunday's negotiations don't pan out, the president says he is ready to propose his own scaled down bill that would block tax increases on all but the wealthy and preserve expiring unemployment benefits. with the deficit ticking ever higher, patience is wearing thin. >> for those of us that invest in the stock market it's disgusting to watch them jockey around with our money, because it gets affected every day. >> reporter: missing in all the last-minute negotiations is talk of the $1.2 trillion in mandatory spending cuts scheduled to go into effect on tuesda
-gap plan. the question is whether minority leader mitch mcconnell and majority leader harry reid can draft a bill that will pass the house. any bill that does come up for a vote tomorrow or monday will likely not address massive spending cuts but lawmakers are trying to avoid tax increases for most americans. nbc's david gregory talked to president obama about negotiations today in an interview that airs on "meet the press" tomorrow. the president continues to be optimistic but he, i think, in part is doing the interview on "meet the press" because he wants to keep the pressure on republicans to get something done and made very clear in the course of the interview that there's a political cost to be paid if there is not a deal. you can see the full interview with the president from the white house tomorrow morning on "meet the press" at 10:30 right here on nbc 4. >>> some good news for former president george h.w. bush tonight. he's out of intensive care. the 88-year-old's been in the hospital for five weeks now. he was recovering from bronchitis last weekend when he developed a fever and
$16 trillion debt. >> sources say senate leaders harry reid and mitch mcconnell are drafting a small stopgap plan that could include extending unemployment insurance, protecting 30 million americans from paying the alternative minimum tax, and allowing tax rates to increase on the wealthiest americans. but the issue remains a major sticking point, with many republicans resisting any tax increase. economists says the last minute product -- a process called into question washington's ability to deal with the hard issues of tax reform. >> the prospects for the economy are incredibly dim until we tackle these challenges and put some certainty into the economy and boost confidence. >> meanwhile, americans watch with worry and frustration heard >> i think they are failing as. i am so sick and tired of them. >> is it the equivalent of worrying about your mortgage after you are homeless. it is a sad. they have a job to do and they are not doing it. >> tomorrow morning, president obama will be david gregory's guest on "meet the press". you can catch his interview on 11 news at 10:00 a.m. now
aplicarÍa la exenciÓn de recortes de impuestos a millones de estados unidos de acuerdo con el vocero harry reid. >>> hemos sido flexible en tope de ingresos. por su parte el lÍder republicano, pidiÓ intervenciÓn de joey biden durante negociaciones y asegurÓ que su partido esta abierto al diÁlogo. >>> yo quiero que todos sepan que tengo voluntad pero necesito l pareja de baile, para analistas el impacto que demÓcratas y remo canso no se pongan de acuerdo a sÓlo horas que venza el plazo Área re caera en el ciudadano comÚn. >>> es un alza de impuestos que perjudica a la clase pobre y media en estados unidos, el otro problema la eliminaciÓn de beneficios de desempleo, los desempleados van a continuar sin recibir esto. >>> y pronostican que afectarÁ a mercados bursÁtiles, a nivel de mercado un gran incertidumbre no sÓlo afecta a estados unidos, las inversiones y todo en relaciÓn a jubilaciones en estados unidos, si no hay acuerdo el senado podrÍa traer a votaciÓn la propuesta de presidente obama. >>> que seria mantener impuestos bajos para quienes ganan menos de 250 mil dÓlares
senate leaders harry reid and mitch mcconnell are work on a stopgap bill. >> at some point, the negotiating process, it appears that there are things that stop us from moving forward. i hope we are not there but we are getting close. >> i want everyone to know i am willing to get this done. but i need a dance partner. >> reporter: the legislation would prevent a tax increase for reveille 98% of the -- for roughly 98% of workers extend unemployment benefits and prevent a huge cut in payments to medicare doctors. >> we should introduce legislation that would make sure middle class taxes stay where they are and there should an up or down vote. >> reporter: if they reach a deal it won't pass congress necessarily by monday night. if it doesn't every body income tax also go up. average family would pay an extra $3446 more in 2013. and farm programs would expire. potentially doubling the price of milk. and if congress doesn't pass a new bill. >> we will come back with a new congress in january 4th and the first bill that will be introduced will be class families. >> reporter: the
cliff. he and harry reid are working on a scale down agreement that focuses on avoiding a middle class tax hike. the plan is to present it to the senate for a vote on sunday and then send it over to the house. house speaker john boehner was at the capitol but left with no comment. the democrats insist the wealthy pay more in taxes. >> the president's tax hike would only fund the government for l days. americans deserve to know what does the president propose we do for the over 357 days of the year. sdmrsz -- >> president omaba insists his plan on the table is fair and includes plenty of cuts to government spending. >> we just afford a wound to our economy. >> if sunday's negotiations don't pan out the president says he's red to -- he's ready to propose his own scaled back bill that would preserve expiring unemployment benefits. >> with the deficit ticking higher -- >> it's disgusting. >> miss ing in all the last minute negotiations is talk of the 1.2 trillion in mandatory spending cuts scheduled to go into effect tuesday. >> the fiscal cliff count down is the big topic on this morning
and harry reid are working on scaled-down agreement that focuses on avoiding a middle-class tax hike. the plan is to present it to the full senate for a vote on sunday and send it to the house and hoax john boehner was at the capitol and left with no comment. both sides remain at odds over the democrat's insistence that the wealthy pay more in taxes. >> the president's tax hook would only fund the government for eight days. americans deserve to know what is the president -- what does the president propose we do for the other 357 days of the year. >> reporter: president obama insists his plan on the table is fair and includes plenty of cuts to government spending. >> we just can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. >> reporter: if sunday's negotiations don't pan out, the president said he's ready to propose his own scaled-back bill that would block tax increases for all but the wealthy. and preserve expiring unemployment benefits. with the deficit ticking ever higher, patience is wearing thin. >> for those of us who invest in the stock market, it's disgusting to
or tomorrow that will avert what we believe will be an economic disaster. >> one last question, harry reid said if you can't put something by tonight, he will put a scaled down version of what the president has asked for with regard to tax cuts on the senate planned for of course that is raising taxes on everybody making above $250,000 a year. do you think, knowing your republican colleagues, that enough republicans will cross over the democratic side and allow that to pass, if -- even if it's 60 votes needed? >> you know, it's hard to say until we know exactly what might be in it. this -- this is what i would say about that. if that's where we end up and if he decides to move a bill onto the floor and maybe could pick up the house passed extension of all the rates, hr-8, as a vehicle for that he ought to open it up to the amendment process, give us an opportunity to debate some of these things that we think ought to be a part of t what he will more than likely do, if history is any guide in this, is take a bill and felt amendment tree and prevent republicans from having an opportunity to
there and talking to people, and where are we on this? >> well, the senate majority leader harry reid was on the floor moments ago saying that the senate will reconvene at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow. the senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11:00 tomorrow, and that means no senate votes tonight which is not good news for everybody looking at the calendar and looking at the watch at this point and not the calendar to see that it is midnight tomorrow night that everybody's taxes in this country will go up. simply put, both sides are not at a place where they believe that they can come up with anything to put on the senate floor for a vote tonight. they will give it until the actual deadline, december 31st tomorrow, to reconvene. however, senator reid did say, don, that talks will continue tonight, so that is a good sign at least that the talks are continuing, but the fact that they are not voting tonight when everybody expected this would be the last, the last threshold tonight is not so good. now, during the afternoon, there were several meetings and actually two big meetings i should say. the d
time he heard from the president, senator harry reid or any of the tomorrow democrats in about a month. in terms of presidential leadership there had not been that give and take in a month. >> that is astounding as you point out for more than a point. republicans concerned about the impact of the pentagon budget if this goes through. >> when people talk about the fiscal cliff most of the attention is about taxes going up and that being the so called fiscal cliff but the other side of that cliff is that the massive spending cuts automatic cuts are kicking in at the beginning of next year. largely targeted at the pentagon. and what is interesting is all of this deal making we are talking about on capitol hill would really just focus on unemployment benefits and tax side of the cliff as i mentioned and most of deals it appears would not shut off the so called sequester that would hit the pentagon. on "fox news sunday" senator lindsey graham told chris wallace he got a call from the defense secretary suggesting these cuts are coming. lake a listen. >> i was called by leon panetta at 7:30 d
in the hands of the two senate leaders. democratic harry reid and republican mitch mcconnell. they're working on a mini-deal that would prevent a tax increase for roughly 98% of american workers. extend unemployment benefits that are set to expire for some 2 million people. and prevent a huge cut in payments to medicare doctors. what took so long? >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously, their patience is already thin. this is deja vu all over again. >> reporter: the 11th-hour effort to get a deal comes after the president met with the congressional leaders at the white house. it was his first such meeting in six weeks. even as mcconnell and reid come to an agreement, there's no agreement it will pass before the end of the year. the agreement represents what the president says is the bare minimums. extending tax cuts while doing nothing to curb spending or address the long-term deficit crisis. if they fail to pass a mini-deal, virtually everybody's income taxes will go up. and even if the income tax cuts are extended virtually all workers are due to see less in their pa
's in the hands of the two senate leaders pgz democrat harry reid and republican mitch mcconnell. they're working on a minideal that would preinvestigate a tax increase for roughly 98 of american workers, and extend unemployment benefits set to expire for two million people, and cut payments in medicare doctors. >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously their patience is already thin. this is deja vu all over again. >> the 11th hour evident comes after the president met with the congressional leadership at the white house. his first such meeting in six weeks. even if mcconnell and reid come to agreement, there's no guarantee it will pass before the end of the year. the agreement represents what the president called the bare minimum. extending tax cuts, while doing nothing to curb spend organize address the long-term deficit crisis. if they fail to even pass a minideal, virtually everybody's income taxes will good up. the average family paying an extra $3,446 a year. and even if the income tax cuts are extended, virtually all workers are due to see less in their paychecks star
exchanging papers with harry reid and potentially working toward a deal. we're hearing that one of the points of contention here is -- the bush tax cuts are going to have to go away for some people but where will the income flesh mold be set? 250,000, obama's first offer, 400,000 his second offer or 500,000 kelly o'donnell said the senators will go along with. plan be was a million. in terms of your colleagues and the democratic side, what's an acceptable level for you to where the income threshold should be? >> there's a whole spectrum of opinion and most of us feel the right thing for america is for the line to be at 250,000. it leaves only 2% of americans who would be paying more and it does a maximum amount to start impacting if deficit. on the other hand, this is a negotiation. we realize there's going to be some flexibility. the president has already carved out that territory. so the line isn't going to be a rigid line, if you will. >> and the other issue, i guess, is the sequester. if nothing happens on january 1st, we're talking about $1.2 trillion in cuts over the year half defense a
in the estate tax. now in case that deal breaks down, the president has asked democratic leader harry reid to prepare a separate bill to put on the senate floor. that bill would increase taxes for households that earn 250- thousand dollars or more. now that's a democratic proposal, and you can expect republicans would block it. so rather than thinking of that as a stop-gap measure, think of it as a political move to try to shift the responsibility of failure onto republicans just before the nation reaches the hour of reckoning. jessica yellin >> still ahead on kron 4 news at eight. a multi-million dollar lawsuit. on behalf of a six year old who survived the newtown school shooting. we meet the lawyer who is taking up the case. then. police put up sobriety check points just in time for the new year celebrations. we'll tell you where. plus. >> coming up the best and the worst in the next edition of people behaving badly. >>> police are cracking down on people drinking and getting behind the wheel this holiday weekend. to do so. several departments have set up d-u- i chekpoints throughout th
ton know i'm following get this done. but i need a dance partner. >> reporter: majority leader harry reid acknowledged democrats were stuck and he, too called for help. >> i have a number of conversations with the president and at this stage, we are not able to make a counteroffer. >> reporter: democrats blamed republicans for a "major setback" when mcconnell suggested chances to social security that would mean that future increases in payments to seniors would be smaller. >> we are not going to have any social security cuts. at this stage, that just doesn't seem appropriate. >> reporter: a number of republican senators backed off, saying they keep social security off the table, but want democrats to do more to reduce the deficit u. >> republicans don't want to see new revenues, in other words, democrat tax increases, be used for new spending. and so that's sort of where where many of our members are drawing the line right now. >> reporter: i asked about the role of vice president biden and i'm told that it's sort of good cop, bad cop. if mcconnell would prefer to talk to the vice pr
. >> majority leader harry reid and minority leader mitch mcconnell say they're confident they come to a compromise but they have to sell it to john boehner and fellow republicans before the deadline. >> president obama will be david gregory's exclusive guest on "meet the press" later this morning. you can watch his interview at 10:00 a.m. former president george h.w. bush is out of intensive care and said to be improving this morning. he is in a regular room at houston methodist hospital. a family spokesperson says the family thanks everyone for their prayers and good wishes. he is being treated for a cough. a lawyer for one of the survivors of the newtown school massacre says the state of connecticut didn't do enough to keep kids safe and wants to sue for $100 million. the attorney says the state failed to provide a safe setting for his clintd, an unidentified 6-year-old girl. he says after hearing gunfire, she was left with emotional scars. to howard county where police say they've cracked a string of burglaries that hit homes in columbia and ellicott city. nadia ramdass has the
of in the works between harry reid and mitch mcconnell, maybe it's not voted on until monday, maybe no deal at all. maybe sequestration is going to happen so for that let's go to washington. >> juliet: all right. tick-tock, tick-tock, time is almost up for lawmakers as we say to avert the fiscal cliff. they worked throughout the weekend in hopes of hammering out some sort of deal. >> dave: peter doocy is live in washington and we hustle you over to the capitol. and what is the latest, do you think we'll get something done? >> reporter: dave, we were told late in the evening that legislative staff was going to work through the night, but the only principal we heard from was mitch mcconnell who said he and his democratic counterparts have been trading paper all day saturday, but the only big news, mcconnell cared to share with us, in the state he represents, kentucky, louisville beat the university of kentucky by three and meanwhile, the officially republican weekly address features another republican senator explaining once again why a deal before monday night's deadline is so important. >> at a ti
break down, the president asked harry reid to prepare a separate bill to put on the floor of the senate that would raise taxes on households that earn $250,000 or more. now, that's really a democratic proposal and you could expect republicans to block it, so, rather than thinking of that as a stop gap measure, probably think of it as a political measure to shift the responsibility for failure on to republicans just before the nation hits the hour of wreckening. alison? >> thanks. >>> lawmakers could vote as early as today and when it happens, you can watch live coverage right here on cnn. >>> the president will continue to plead his case for a deal today. he's making his first appearance on a sunday talk show in more than three years. he'll be on nbc's "meet the press." he'll call for an immediately vote for congress on a scale-back plan that would only extend middle class tax breaks if the negotiations fail. >>> other news now, second degree murder as a hate crime. that's the charge facing erica menendez. she is the woman accused of shoving a man to his death in front of a subway strai
it is not the price of gasoline or groceries. i am real sure it won't be something nancy pelosi or harry reid said. so no matter what happened in your life in 2012, i hope the memories that linger and last are all about the love of god and your family because mine sure will be. [applause]. >> so what happens to obama care if half of the states in the country won't set up the health care exchanges to support the program? i will ask the georgia governor next. >> sign up for my facebook page and follow me on twitter. you can find a link to that and more at mike huckabee.com. into i obama -- >>> obama care is set to go into affect in 2014. it is not surprising some governors chose to run health insurance exchanges under the president's controversial reform law. but what is surprising is how many. 25 states, half of the country , are saying, sorry mr. president. we will not help you enforce this flawed piece of legislation. one of the governors saying that is nathan diel who joins us now. it is a pleasure to have you here. >> thank you, mike. >> this is kind of surprising that 25 states, half of the states
to the wire, dan. what's happening right now is harry reid and mitch mcconnell, the top democrat and republican in the senate are still negotiating their staffs at this hour. they are supposed to be working until about 3:00 this afternoon when the plan would be presented to both caucuses. as we understand what they are talking about is the bare minimum. basically the senate negotiating to extend those tax cuts for everybody making under $250,000 a year and do extend unemployment benefits also they're talking about trying to do something to stop the automatic spending cuts that go into effect but don't expect a deal on that. now, dan, if a deal can be reached today, the senate would begin looking at it, begin debating it and then you would see vote tomorrow in the senate and possibly a vote tomorrow in the house because as you know, if we get to tuesday without any of this happening, off the cliff. >> and, jon, you say off the cliff by tuesday, just two days left, how damaging would it be if we do indeed go off the cliff even if we bungee up a few days or weeks after. >> the impac
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